George Will is not moved by Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich

In Sunday’s Washington Post, conservative columnist George Will is unimpressed with certain members of the Repbulican presidential field:

…Republicans should understand that when self-described conservatives such as [Steve] Malzberg voice question-rants like the one above and Republicans do not recoil from them, the conservative party is indirectly injured. As it is directly when Newt Gingrich, who seems to be theatrically tiptoeing toward a presidential candidacy, speculates about Obama having a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” mentality.

A magazine article containing what Gingrich calls a “stunning insight” is “the most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama.” Gingrich begins with a faux question: “What if he is so outside our comprehension” that he can be understood “only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior?” Then Gingrich says this is not just a question, it is “the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

To the notion that Obama has a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview, the sensible response is: If only. Obama’s natural habitat is as American as the nearest faculty club; he is a distillation of America’s academic mentality; he is as American as the other professor-president, Woodrow Wilson. A question for former history professor Gingrich:

Why implicate Kenya?

Let us not mince words. There are at most five plausible Republican presidents on the horizon – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Utah governor and departing ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former Massachusetts governor Romney and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.

So the Republican winnowing process is far advanced. But the nominee may emerge much diminished by involvement in a process cluttered with careless, delusional, egomaniacal, spotlight-chasing candidates to whom the sensible American majority would never entrust a lemonade stand, much less nuclear weapons.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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the mehlman rings twice

March 5th, 2011
9:57 pm

Wait just a minute. Which demonizing trait is Nupt going to use, Kenyan or community organizer?

Skram30082

March 5th, 2011
10:01 pm

Wills is right. Democrats are secretly pulling for either Gingrich or Huckabee. Both on the same ticket would be a dream ticket for the Dems…almost as good as Palin. But I really think either of these would ensure Obama’s second term.

the mehlman rings twice

March 5th, 2011
10:06 pm

George Will doesn’t understand. Nupt is trying to appeal to the anger of those who went out and paid double for a new gun and ammunition the day after Obama was elected.

Skram30082

March 5th, 2011
10:23 pm

Those that paid double for their bullets couldn’t see that the rumor of a 500% tax on ammo was started by gun shop owners in their own party for the sake of drummimg up business. It’s hard to admit when you’ve been snookered by people you thought were your friends.

td

March 5th, 2011
10:29 pm

George Wills is an establishment country club Republican. He has not admitted yet that the Tea Party Republicans will control the party by 2012.

Focus

March 5th, 2011
10:34 pm

“…speculates about Obama having a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” mentality.”

I heard that it will be divulged in Men in Black 3 that Obama is actually an alien.

Maxine

March 5th, 2011
10:35 pm

Who is George Willis?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 5th, 2011
10:42 pm

What you talkin bout, willis!

Travis McGee

March 5th, 2011
11:10 pm

You can look at these ol’ dogs lining up to run and not a one of them can hunt. Looks like the Repubs will own the Congress and the Dems will own the White House and the country will experience a season of political gridlock — which is probably not a bad thing.

freidenker

March 5th, 2011
11:14 pm

it’s WILL, no ’s’. he’s one of, if not the only, conservation republican with a brain. kisses up to neither fools in his party nor invisible friends in the sky.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 5th, 2011
11:22 pm

Yes Yes I know all about George Will and his inability to seperate antyhing in life from a baseball analogy..I like the guy, but he is no William F. Buckley, Jr.

I just like saying “What you talkin ’bout, Willis!” Diff’rnt strokes..the curse of the damned for cast and crew..

Michael

March 6th, 2011
12:48 am

Gingrich is just drumming up publicity so he can get more and higher paying speaking engagements. Besides, if he were to run he would create jobs for sycophants willing to work for his campaign. Maybe he can find a new girlfriend in the campaign office and give her one of those John Edwards ‘jobs’.

Yessir Arabfat

March 6th, 2011
4:40 am

Good Lord, that is pitiful writing and thinking.

First off, the man’s name is George Will, WILL! Not Wills. You lose 90% credibility when you make this type mistake more than once.

Second, we understand you don’t like Newt, neither do I. But you are demonizing his every thought. Obama is shaped by his past; we all are. Obama’s past includes a Kenyan influence.

Obama is anti-colonial. So am I. But I don’t insult the British at every opportunity.

If you can’t produce better work than this, find another job.

Crude

March 6th, 2011
5:36 am

Hmmm…

Remember this?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/01/obama-pulls-up-a-chair-at-geor.html

George Will and/or George Wills is a bought and paid for Rino. No true conservative listens to a word that he says. He’s a phony. So, let’s just say that the rest of us are not moved by George Will(s).

Willis

March 6th, 2011
6:13 am

Newt is theatrical and ought to go back to chasing women. He’s a lot better at that than he is trying to show how “smart” he is.

seabeau

March 6th, 2011
7:22 am

Why all these references to guns and ammo?? I bet all of the protesters in Libya, wish they had a SECOND ADMENDMENT to protect them from OBAMA,OOPS I mean QDaffy Duck.

Last Man Standing

March 6th, 2011
7:27 am

I had heard and read about the theory mentioned here about Hussein. It has a certain kind of logic and is the kindest thing that could be said with regard to Hussein’s approach to the presidency. I think Hussein’s actions/inactions are much more indicative of a sinister and destructive plan, and he has been remarkably successful at it thus far.

Chris Christie, 2012!

Sobelle

March 6th, 2011
7:48 am

I once thought Newt might be ok, but then I read an article about him with an interview given by his 2nd wife (he threw her aside for his 3rd). This guy has an ego the size of Washington, D.C. His morals are on a parallel with the likes of Charlie Sheen! And to think it was his party that impeached Pres. Clinton for telling a lie and laid his shameful escapades with Lewinski out for everyone to read. This party is not a people’s party at all. As to the tea party…something like that movement put Hitler into power. May our country survive all this madness….

jconservative

March 6th, 2011
8:05 am

So Obama has an “anti-colonial” mentality” and an “anti-colonial” worldview”.

Now where have I heard that before. Who else would I say had an “anti-colonial” outlook on the world.

Let me think.

Ah! Now I remember!

There were a bunch of anti-colonial types running around the British colonies in the Americas back in the last half of the 18th century.

Y’all help me on the names. Let’s see, Paine, S. Adams, J. Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, the Lees, and the one always wearing a military uniform, what was his name? – ah yes, G. Washington. All “anti-colonial” to the end of their days as I recall. Well, maybe Jefferson was more “anti-monarchy” than anti-colonial, considering his love affair with the French Revolution.

So when the colonists in the Americas rebel against the British colonial system it is A-OK. But when the colonists in Kenya rebel against the British colonial system it is not OK.

I would think that Gingrich believes that the North American colonies would be better off today as colonies rather than as an independent state. They would have retained the British system of Parliamentary government in which he has always believed, even when he was Speaker of the US House.

Do we want a believer in the British system of Parliamentary government to be President of the US?

Just asking.

Buzz G

March 6th, 2011
8:18 am

It’s hard to remember when George was right about anything. Only the AJC cares what he thinks.

Jesus

March 6th, 2011
8:20 am

I’m just happy the rightwing has given up their ‘Christianity’ ruse.

My flock really took a beating during the ‘w’ abortionstration.

Road Scholar

March 6th, 2011
8:22 am

Trisha/ Last Man: Bless your hearts!

Away With The Far Right Idiots

March 6th, 2011
8:28 am

Let the The Huck and Newt cater to the lunacy of the far right fringe. Neither will be on the ticket in 2012. We need sanity, brains, and sensibility.

Fat Lip

March 6th, 2011
8:48 am

Mr. Will has no influence anymore. In my recent viewings of Mr. Will, he seems enamored with himself and has an air of aristocracy about him. Speaker Gingrinch will have a tough time of it and I interpret Governor Huckabee as a panderer. Nothwithstanding these observations, either of these men is far more capable of leading than Barack Hussein Obama. Be true to thyself folks.

red herring

March 6th, 2011
9:03 am

prefer mitch daniels,herman cain,tim pawlenty. hopefully the tea party will have something
to say on this. don’t forget that last time it was hillary’s “time”—nobody knew anything
about obama—hopefully the same thing can happen with the republican nominee this go round. if not and obamacare doesn’t get changed or replaced and we continue fiscal irresponsibility the u.s. is doomed to bankruptcy. it’s really sad for the children who will grow up in a country with massive debt and fewer opportunities…

TRUTH

March 6th, 2011
9:05 am

If one ever had any doubt about the vitirol and racial divisiveness of the Republican Party (Tea Party), or whatever it is that most of you call yourselves…ohhhhh, that’s right..CONSERVATIVES…one need just read this blogspot.

Newt Gingrich….Seriously?? That’s all you got? Please nominate a candidate that is removed from double speak, misleading statements (a la Scott Walker in Wisconsin), non FAUX “analyst,” (that takes out 98% of your candidates… Might as well go with Joe “You Lie” Wilson out of South Carolina… wait a minute he back pedaled too.

Well, guess you’re back to Newt……SERIOUSLY???!!!

Flash

March 6th, 2011
9:06 am

Lets face it people. The republican party is like a big smelly fish out of water right now. No traction, nothing to offer, so busy slinging insults it can’t even catch it’s breath. People in this very forum making statements, yet do not even know the President’s name. No concern for facts or reality. If the party wants to take the White house maybe they should consider a candidate that people actually like.

Will

March 6th, 2011
9:09 am

Prefacing my remarks by noting republicans like that looney-tune member of Congress from Minnesota or Rick somebody from Pa, the biggest incumbent senator loser of record are not realistic choices, this democrat dreams of republicans nominating Sarah Palin as their nominee for president. If not Palin, then Newtie would be nice (after all, republicans only believe that character counts when applied to democrats). The good ole boy governor from MS would be another sure fire losing bet for the repubs.

More likely, the radical right wing/tea party republicans will split their primary votes and Mitt Romney will be the biggest beneficiary. Romney will be a tough opponent for those like me who worry about deficit spending, unemployment and the business world in general. Hopefully, the repubs will turn away from this type candidate and stick with some right wing social issue/birther/black helicopter/worker camp believer.

Jesus

March 6th, 2011
9:11 am

Why do rightwing blog posts still smell like ‘w’s rectum?

Wendy Breeze

March 6th, 2011
9:12 am

Without the name calling, I agree Jim. Neither should run.

Jusus, I believe that’s your breath you’re smelling. Remove your mouth from Obama’s rectum if you want relief.

Wendy Breeze

March 6th, 2011
9:13 am

Jesus…duhhh.

Wendy Breeze

March 6th, 2011
9:15 am

Truth…..hahahahaha….”If one ever had any doubt about the vitirol and racial divisiveness of the Republican Party (Tea Party)”

You might want to do what I suggested to Jesus, remove your lips from the Dem rectum, and life may get better for you.

A Conservative with SENSE

March 6th, 2011
9:19 am

I always find it interesting that the small-pricked, small-minded, ignorant Republicans (who most usually are Southerners), want to trot out the president’s middle name (”Hussein”) as a blight, insult, or defamation. “Hussein” simply means “a good and handsome son” in Arabic. Why must you people always stoop to such backward, bigoted, fear-mongering to incite other idiots based on your small knowledge and insight into the rest of the world. I am a card-carrying REPUBLICAN and my views (and any opposition to the president) are based on differences in governing ideologies…not 3rd grade pea-brained name calling. Having a Black-American president in office (who happens to have a middle name that harkens to his Kenyan roots) has been JUST the ammunition that the Democrats needed to paint the Republican party as a bunch of good ol’ boy, latent racists, yahoos who don’t know their a$$ from a water fountain. It is sad that the issues have gotten lost with our party and the most vocal, most prominent figures in our party continue to make us look bad by stooping to longheld Southern fearmongering, ignorance, and hate.

Jesus

March 6th, 2011
9:21 am

Is FOX gonna feature the GOP primary season in the form of a sitcom?

LOL!!!

William

March 6th, 2011
9:26 am

Herman Cain is the most qualified person to run for the job in decades. It’s time to prove that you don’t have to be a moron to be an African American president of the USA!
As an intelligent, self supporting black man, it’s time we put someone in charge who I can be proud of!

My Two Cents

March 6th, 2011
9:28 am

We need change in 2012 but Newt and Huckabee are not viable candidates to win. Hopefully, someone with character and integrity will appear on the scene soon. After all 2012 is not that far away.

A Conservative with SENSE

March 6th, 2011
9:31 am

Sadly, William, you may be “one of us” on paper, but the Republican party would never nominate a black man for president. I am glad that your optimism and loyalty to the Republican party are based on issues, etc., but the vast majority of the party (particularly the red states below the Mason-Dixon line) don’t want “your kind” to represent them. Even if you DO favor smaller government, lower taxes, etc., “you” represent part of the problem.

Aquagirl

March 6th, 2011
9:33 am

Huckabee, Newt, Humman Cain….all these guys have spent recent years babbling on Faux news and other echo chambers. They haven’t been in politics or the real world, where they’d be forced to work with people who have a different opinion. They can merely shriek “birth certificate” or whatever dribble currently fascinates their little band of nutcases, and there’s no consequence. On the contrary, it makes them successful in that world.

This gives them an inflated sense they’re in touch with the Real ‘Merica, and the population at large is breathlessly awaiting their brand of stupidity. Remember Newt patting himself on the back for his snotty reply when questioned about the hypocrisy of his multiple marriages? That works when you are doing a public appearance and that’s as far as it goes. You can remain a legend in your own mind, and your mostly adoring audience will tell you you’re a brilliant dude who soooooo stuck it to that liberalcommiepinko. It doesn’t work when the general populace VOTES on your answer in an election.

Oh, and @ Wendy, you should have stuck to the “duhhhh” and crawled off.

'nuf said

March 6th, 2011
9:36 am

I cannot “amen”enough the observations by “A Conservative with SENSE”.

Jesus

March 6th, 2011
9:41 am

Great post Aquagirl!

And don’t worry about Wendy – I’ve arranged for her to get laid today :)

Aquagirl

March 6th, 2011
9:48 am

@ Jesus, you’re clearly the real thing….only you could provide such a miracle.

Last Man Standing

March 6th, 2011
9:49 am

Jesus:

“Why do rightwing blog posts still smell like ‘w’s rectum?”

At least we know where your nose has been! Now, look up your own and see if your brain is there.

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March 6th, 2011
9:49 am

Suckabee wants us back in the Stone Age. Newt McPherson is too 1990’s

Xiphosura

March 6th, 2011
9:56 am

Seems like Newt just likes to lob “bombs” and wait for the response, if anyone is stupid enough to take him seriously br responding.

Last Man Standing

March 6th, 2011
9:57 am

A Conservative with SENSE:

“the Republican party would never nominate a black man for president”

I am not so sure of that and I think Herman Cain would be an excellent nominee and a truly great president. He is very intelligent and to the point on the issues. He is a fiscal conservative and an economist, a successful businessman who understands the mechanics of being successful and he has a vision for America. We would be well-served by Mr. Cain.

techengineer

March 6th, 2011
10:01 am

There are so many unanswered questions concerning this man originally named Barry that one could ask questions for days and only begin to remove the facade which the Jewish Media placed over him. Never stop questioning the enemies of the US Constitution whether it’s Jim Calloway, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, or Barry himself.

Jesus

March 6th, 2011
10:06 am

A black GOP candidate for POTUS?

puh-leeeeeez!

Rush won’t even let one carry his golf bag :(

Eric

March 6th, 2011
10:08 am

I hope that the Republican Party considers carefully the man (or woman) that they nominate. The landslide that will happen in 2012 as we dump the rest of the Democrats and their incompetent leader makes it imperative to place someone that can ensure that the nationwide disaster of the present administration will never be repeated.

Bill

March 6th, 2011
10:10 am

Racist Democrats would never vote for Herman Cain.
They don’t want a black American as President. (Kenya’s cool though..)